Perfection may be the most overrated, and also the most desired outcome that many people, including myself, yearn for.
I am constantly stuck in a weird grey area, that is best described as wanting everything to be as neat, clean and organised as possible, but at the same time, yearning for a bit of a twist, a bit of flare, a bit of mess. In other words, I am the most highly-strung relaxed person you'll ever meet. I am a living, breathing, paradox.
I finally understood this element of my personality when creating this website, after many years of being caught in between the two extremes of being super organised and also a complete mess - and thus, it is not only reflected in an emotional sense, but in a visual sense - in my style. When creating a website, there are a few things to consider; from background colour and font, to spacing, headers, which icons you want for your social media pages, how many pages, links, html codes... the list goes on. Each and every one of the choices you make, no matter how big or how small, all form your brand, a reflection of your style, your personality, to the rest of the world. Thus, this takes some time - exhibit A of why I have taken months to launch this website, not weeks like I'd hoped. I wanted everything to be perfect, for magentaporter.com to be taken seriously, not to get lost in some deep corner of the internet. My paradox personality made it very difficult to make style decisions for the site, which for others, may have been simple. I wanted everything to be very neat and monochromatic, with sharp edges. But at the same time, I wanted it to feel relaxed, a little bohemian, and even a little colourful. Two completely opposite, contrasting styles, I discovered, are very hard to shove into one website without it looking like a dogs breakfast.
However, I've somewhat conjured up this - and I think it is a true reflection of my style, my personality. I call it magenta-esque. But back to the point.
Being perfect is actually achievable - if 'perfect' is your personal goal, your personal idea of ideal. Of course, perfection itself is not a dead end. It can always be improved, built on, and broadened. We need to stop thinking of perfection as the be-all and end-all. It should be thought of as what is best for right now. Not what is best in ten years. Because perfection evolves. Being perfect is personalised. If you love having a messy room and couldn't care less, then that is your version of perfect. If you like dressing very neatly and are always clad in black and white, then that is also perfect for you. I like a bit of both - I like everything to be neat and sleek, but I am not afraid to be a bit colourful, and a bit relaxed. Modern bohemian is my 'current' perfect. Who knows, in two months art deco style might be my perfect. You will see this website evolve as I evolve - when I have a change of style, a change of location, a change of being - so will this site.
I have decided that whatever I launch (which obviously I have now because you are reading this) will be a perfect paradox, perfect for that time, but not concrete. Because nothing really is.